Clarity Amidst All The Worry
It seems like the world has gone mad due to the dreaded Coronavirus. Stores are nearly empty and despite their best efforts to continuously restock their shelves, it appears that they are just out of everything; there is nothing left.
Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, paper towels, bread, and many other items flew off shelves and seem to be more valuable then gold right now.
What really sucks is that some people are hoarding these necessities which leaves others struggling without. All stores really should’ve set a limit such as two items per family in order to make it so that everyone could get what they need.
Things are getting crazy all over the globe. Soon, I feel like they are going to put my area on lock down where we can only leave the house for certain things such as purchasing necessities or receiving medical treatment. Already, many businesses have been forced to shut down.
I watched 20/20’s episode called Pandemic on Hulu and really got freaked out. They claim that in two weeks the U.S. could be as bad as Italy. That’s a scary thought. Especially since they said that 390 some people were dying everyday from COVID-19 in Italy.
I started to panic and worry about everything even more than I already was and my anxiety was through the roof. I started to worry about my loved ones and panicked thinking about what would happen if my mom, dad, siblings, or friends would get the virus. I worried about them getting it and dying.
I didn’t necessarily worry about myself getting the virus, but everyone I care about and love instead.
I still have some brief moments of panic, but a lot of the worry has subsided. At least for today. Today, I have been in a pretty good mood for the most part. I started to get some clarity amidst all the worry and anxiety and realized that whatever is going to happen, is going to happen.
Worrying about it really won’t do me or anyone else any good. I have to take things one day at a time and just wait and see what happens. I have to take things as they come and deal with it when the occasion arises.
No one really knows what is going to happen here in the United States. I read somewhere that people are getting paid to have the virus injected into them so that the virus could be studied. I am not sure how true that is but what that means is that they really don’t know much about COVID-19 if that is true. And people fear what they don’t know.
I will admit that COVID-19 is scary as hell. On March 3, 2020, the World Health Organization reported that 3.4% of reported cases of this virus have died compared to the less than 1% of people who “generally” die from the seasonal flu.
But if we all do our part and follow the recommended safety precautions such as washing our hands frequently, staying 6 feet away from others, staying at home when possible, avoiding gatherings where there will be more than 10 people, and avoid touching our faces (plus other precautions which can be found here) we might have a fighting chance.
On a different note–since this is a mental health blog–some people who have never experienced anxiety before are now finally seeing what it feels like to be anxious all the time because of this pandemic. I just hope the people who have judged those with mental health conditions will become more understanding and end their stigmatized thinking since they are finally experiencing a piece of what it’s like to live with anxiety and panic first hand. The only difference is that their anxiety will fade once this is all over while people like me will live with it for the rest of our lives.
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Samantha is the author of "My Bipolar Mind: You're not alone," she is also a freelance writer, blogger, and mental health advocate who runs and manages her own mental health blog MyBipolarMind.com.